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Erica Navarro Named USDA Budget, Program Analysis Director

Erica Navarro, who is presently serving as budget service director and deputy assistant secretary for management and planning at the Education Department, has been selected to become the next director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis at the Agriculture Department. Navarro, who holds a master of business administration …

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USDA’s Gary Washington: IT Modernization Through Centers of Excellence a ‘Change Management Effort’

Gary Washington, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, has said he considers as a “change management effort” the information technology modernization initiative being carried out at USDA through the White House’s centers of excellence, Federal News Radio reported Friday. “At the end of our engagement the ideas that we will …

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OMB Selects 3 Federal Departments for Initial Technology Modernization Funding Round

The Office of Management and Budget has awarded the first round of funds totaling $45 million to help federal government organizations modernize information technology systems. The departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy and Agriculture have secured initial funding awards under the Technology Modernization Fund, the Office of the Federal CIO said Thursday. HUD received $20 million …

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House Panel: 11 Federal Agencies Regressed in FITARA Implementation

A scorecard used by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to evaluate the compliance of federal agencies with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act shows that 11 agencies regressed in their FITARA implementation, Fedscoop reported Monday. The departments of Health and Human Services and Energy were among the four agencies …

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USDA Invests $276M for Rural Electronic Infrastructure

The Department of Agriculture has allotted $276 million in investment funds for the construction of a rural electric infrastructure. The investment will add 1,000 miles of new line and update 733 miles of existing line, in aims to support electricity needs of businesses and residents within rural areas, USDA said Tuesday. The department seeks to …

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Senate Committee to Hold Infrastructure Modernization Hearing

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has announced that secretaries of five U.S. federal departments will participate in a congressional hearing about infrastructure modernization efforts. Thune’s office said Monday leaders at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Labor and Transportation are scheduled to testify …

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Report: USDA Names Gary Washington Full-Time CIO

Gary Washington, acting chief information officer of the Agriculture Department over the past five months, has been appointed to the CIO role on a permanent basis, MeriTalk reported Thursday. In that role, he established a partnership with the White House’ Office of American Innovation to revamp USDA’s information technology program. Washington previously …

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White House Plans IT Modernization Center of Excellence

The White House has partnered with the Agriculture Department, General Services Administration and the information technology industry to create an IT modernization center of excellence, Nextgov reported Thursday. The CoE will be established to help federal agencies in efforts to modernize legacy IT systems and will build off of a modernization …

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GAO: Agencies Should Adopt Planning Practices for Telecoms Contract Transition to Avoid Schedule Delays

The Government Accountability Office has called on five federal agencies to fully implement planning practices to transition to a follow-on program to the Networx telecommunications contract in order to avoid additional costs and schedule delays. GAO said in a report published Thursday the transition planning practices that it wants agencies to adopt …

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